The area around Waupaca is best known for the 22 unique, interconnected lakes called the Chain O’ Lakes. However, a few miles from the Chain and just across county lines there are over 300 lakes. Named lakes in this vicinity include 5 Silver Lakes, 5 Round Lakes, half a dozen Mud Lakes and 2 Long Lakes, one of which is in Waushara County. Long Lake Waushara is also a full recreational lake as is the Chain’s Long Lake in Waupaca County, just a short drive away. Long Lake in Waushara County measures 272 acres of deep, clean and clear water, making it a favorite for waterskiing and fishing. Near the 2 Long Lakes are numerous popular smaller lakes such as Kusel, Gilbert, Pine, Bass, Twin, Spencer, and Stratton, each known for their clean waters and natural beauty. The largest lake in Waushara County is Lake Poygan which measures over 14,000 acres and can be accessed from Lake Winnebago. Just a short drive north is the largest lake in Waupaca County, White Lake, located near Weyauwega.
In addition to great fishing on the Chain O’ Lakes for bass, walleye, northern pike, muskie and pan fish, anglers can tackle 40 crystal-clear named trout streams and 80 named rivers. The Wolf River is a destination for boating and fishing, especially during the walleye and white bass spawning runs. The Tomorrow River, which becomes the
Waupaca River as it flows into Waupaca County, has something for every fly fisherman. The upper reaches are typical of sand country streams and provide fishing for native brookies, while the lower sections alternate between pools and runs with sections of prime trout waters. Most rivers also offer canoeing, tubing and kayaking with picnic shelters, rest areas and boat landings nearby.
Waupaca lakes and rivers provide picnic areas, parks, playgrounds, cabins, lodging, fishing, swimming, boating, waterfront dining and much more.
There are many lakefront events, ranging from 4th of July fireworks to ice fishing and spearing competitions.